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Maxtor 500GB hard drive flashes. Damaged?

Last response: in Storage
May 20, 2009 7:23:49 PM

Hey everyone!
I have a problem with my external Maxtor 500GB hard drive.
Today I plugged it into my PC but used a different power supply than the one packaged with the hard drive.
I know, I'm an idiot.

I guessed that it would work as usual... but it didn't. :( 
Now whenever I plug the ACTUAL power supply/cable into the hard drive, it just flashes very breifly.
It does this very slowly, over and over again.

So I've damaged the hard drive by using a different power supply?
Is there anyway to recover my data from it?

Oh, and is there a IDE hard drive inside the case?
Can I therefore take the case off and replace it with a different enclosure.

Thanks for the help! :D 

May 20, 2009 7:59:15 PM

What was thew voltage of the original PS for the unit and the voltage of the wrong one that you plugged in to the unit?
May 20, 2009 8:57:48 PM

The real one says "12 V + 2 .0A"
And the one I used says "24V + 2.2A"

So I overloaded it with power? :??: 
May 22, 2009 4:33:41 PM

Someone please help...

Can I just open the case and take the Hard Drive out, therefore use it as a normal one?
I've just found out that I have a warranty still on it. But I will lose all my data if I send it back.
Should I send it back?

Thanks :) 
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